safety

CDC’s Updates Guidance For Reopening Schools, Teachers Worry

Teachers In Uproar Over CDC’s Updated School Reopening Recommendations

Just weeks after President Donald Trump criticized guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on reopening schools as being “expensive” and “very tough,” they have recently rolled out new and controversial recommendations.

Is There a Healthy Way to Lose Weight While Pregnant?

Is There a Healthy Way to Lose Weight While Pregnant?

A mom writes in asking for advice about losing weight while pregnant. This mom-to-be says she recently found out she is pregnant, and now she is turning to the community to ask for tips and advice from other moms about safe ways to lose weight while pregnant. She specifies that she wants to lose weight in a “healthy manner.” The community chimes in with some suggestions below.

At What Age Is It Appropriate to Give a Child Gum?

At What Age Is It Appropriate to Give a Child Gum?

A mom writes in asking for advice about giving gum to her child. She says her 4-year-old daughter has been begging to have gum, but this mom is worried that her daughter will either swallow it or get it stuck in her hair, which would then need to be cut. She also has concerns that giving gum to her 4-year-old will make her 3-year-old son want the same, and she would rather avoid that annoyance. So, what say you? At what age is it appropriate to give a child gum?

I Can't Decide Whether to Send My Son Back to Daycare or Not Given COVID-19: Advice?

I Can’t Decide Whether to Send My Son Back to Daycare or Not Given COVID-19: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about whether she should send her two-year-old back into daycare. She says she was due to send him back part-time after the arrival of her new baby, but due to COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic, she is unsure if that is wise. She loves having her son home with her and the baby, but she recognizes that he is missing friends and interaction at school. What should she do?

My Ex Wants to Take Our Son With Him Across the Country to Meet a Woman He's Never Even Met in Person: Advice?

My Ex Wants to Take Our Son With Him Across the Country to Meet a Woman He’s Never Even Met in Person: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her ex. She says that her ex has requested to take their son on a cross-country trip to meet a woman whom the ex has not met in person. This mom has tried to explain her concerns about this situation to her ex, but he does not seem to care. She is worried that if she flat-out tells him no, he will find ways to cause problems for her. Any advice for this mom?

I'm Worried About the Health and Safety of a Family Member's Baby: Should I Step In?

I’m Worried About the Health and Safety of a Family Member’s Baby: Should I Step In?

A woman writes in asking for advice about a family member’s baby. She says she is not a mom herself, but the health and safety of a family member’s 8-month-old baby have her concerned. Though she had a “falling out” with this family member, she keeps up with them via social media. She is concerned about what they feed their baby, how the baby sleeps, and some other situations they’ve put the baby in, at least according to photos they’ve shared. Is it her business to step in and say something?

My Little Sister Wants to Move Out-of-State and In with a Boyfriend She's Never Met in Person: How Can I Help Her Make a Smart Decision?

My Little Sister Wants to Move Out-of-State and In with a Boyfriend She’s Never Met in Person: How Can I Help Her Make a Smart Decision?

A man writes in asking for his advice about his little sister. He says his sister is about to graduate from high school, and after, she plans to move out of state and in with her boyfriend, whom she has never actually met in person. This man wants to support his sister’s decision and doesn’t want to come across as too overprotective, but he wants to make sure she is making a smart, safe choice.

I'm Very Concerned About My Son's Living Situation When He's Staying With His Dad: Advice?

I’m Very Concerned About My Son’s Living Situation When He’s Staying With His Dad: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her son’s living situation when he is staying with his dad. She says that her son, 5, stays with his father every weekend. They live in a two-bedroom apartment with no yard. The father’s girlfriend, who also lives with them, is due to have a baby at any minute. Recently, the father’s father, who is an “alcoholic,” moved in as well. She is also concerned that her son is sleeping in a “baby crib” while there. What can or should she do?

Should I Be Worried About Upping My Antidepressant/Anti-Anxiety Medication Dosage While Pregnant?

Should I Be Worried About Upping My Antidepressant/Anti-Anxiety Medication Dosage While Pregnant?

A mom writes in asking for advice about taking an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication while pregnant. This mom was recently taking Lexapro but switched to Zoloft, which she says is considered safer during pregnancy. She says that the initial dosage her doctor prescribed (100mg) did not yield results, so the doctor upped the dosage to 200mg. This mom is “just looking for reassurance” from others that may have taken such drugs while pregnant and is looking for advice/feedback from those who’ve had a similar experience.

Our Landlord Refuses to Fix Anything, Including the AC, and Now My Babies Are Getting Heat Rash: I've Tried Everything, What Else Can I Do?

Our Landlord Refuses to Fix Anything, Including the AC, and Now My Babies Are Getting Heat Rash: I’ve Tried Everything, What Else Can I Do?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her landlord. She says that her landlord has refused all requests to have things in their home fixed, including plumbing, air conditioning, and more. This mom has already taken several steps — withholding rent, requesting an inspection from the city, etc. — and though she does plan to move her family, it cannot happen immediately for financial reasons. What should she do to keep herself and her family safe and comfortable in their own home?

My Brother, Who Lives with Me, Is Mad I Won't Allow Him to Visit His Girlfriend During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Advice?

My Brother, Who Lives with Me, Is Mad I Won’t Allow Him to Visit His Girlfriend During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her brother. She says that he currently lives with her and her family, which includes four children, after he got kicked out of their parents’ house. He is insisting on being able to go see his girlfriend, but this mom does not want him in and out of her house during the coronavirus pandemic, as he could possibly infect her or her family.